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Microsoft Defender Application Guard for Office Hits Public Preview

Aimed at top-tier Microsoft 365 subscribers, the Microsoft Defender Application Guard for Office solution became available for public preview this week.

Microsoft Letting Orgs Test Drive Windows 10 20H2 Before Fall Release

While not scheduled for release until this fall, the next major update to Windows 10 is available for testing now, Microsoft announced this week.

Microsoft Forms Pro Now Called Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Voice

Microsoft has quietly changed the name of its Microsoft Forms Pro survey solution to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Voice.

Microsoft Turns to 'AIOps' for Better Azure Outage Announcements

Microsoft is promising to communicate better with organizations dealing with Azure service issues, including being more transparent about Azure service outages.

IE 11, EdgeHTML Browsers Approaching End-of-Support Milestones

Microsoft this week announced key dates related to its support for the Internet Explorer 11 browser and the "legacy" (EdgeHTML) version of the Microsoft Edge browser.

Microsoft Readies Half-Phone, Half-Tablet Surface Duo for Release Next Month

The Surface Duo, designed as both a phone and a pocket-sized computer for Microsoft 365 and Android applications, will be released on Sept. 10.

Microsoft, Google and IBM Among First Members of Open Source Security Group

Microsoft has joined a high-powered group of tech giants in a new industry foundation aimed at improving the security of open source software.

Some Cortana Features Ending as Part of Microsoft 365 Shift

Microsoft may be promoting Cortana more as a Microsoft 365 business perk, but the digital assistant will soon see several of its capabilities falling out of support.

Microsoft In Talks To Acquire TikTok

A deal between Microsoft and Beijing-based ByteDance is in the works that would have Microsoft acquiring some of ByteDance's holdings in the TikTok social media service.

Tasks in Teams Starts Rolling Out to Some Microsoft 365 Users

Tasks in Teams, which pulls together information from Microsoft task-creation apps like Planner and To Do, has started rolling out to "a small group" of Microsoft 365 users.

Microsoft Adds Azure Portal, Teams Client Support to Windows Virtual Desktop

Microsoft this week announced the general availability of two new capabilities in its Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) service.

Microsoft Touts Low-Code 'Dataflex' Platform To Boost Teams

Microsoft is talking up a "low-code data platform" called Microsoft Dataflex that promises to deliver native integration between Teams and Microsoft Power Platform tools.

Microsoft Introduces Subscription Plans for Teams Rooms Devices

Organizations will soon be able to keep their Microsoft Teams Rooms products patched and trouble-free via new Standard and Premium subscription options.

Microsoft Giving Its Insider Risk Management Service an Upgrade

Microsoft is readying some new policy enhancements to its Insider Risk Management service for Microsoft 365.

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Azure Stack HCI 'Version 20H2' Hits Preview

A revamped Azure Stack HCI product that runs its own operating system, known as "version 20H2," is now available as a preview release.

Universal Print Hits Public Preview for Microsoft 365 Users

Microsoft announced the public preview of its Universal Print service for Microsoft 365 subscribers on Tuesday, the start of this year's Inspire partner conference.

Report: Microsoft Working on 'Cloud PC,' Another Virtual Desktop Product

Microsoft is reportedly working on another virtual desktop infrastructure solution that's separate from its current Windows Virtual Desktop product and similar services.

Microsoft Releases New Yammer Conversations for SharePoint Online

The new Yammer Conversations Web Part for companywide chats is now generally available for SharePoint Online users, Microsoft announced this week.

Azure and Citrix Workspace Now at Center of Microsoft-Citrix Pact

Citrix will use Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud services provider, while Microsoft will promote Citrix Workspace as a "preferred digital workspace solution."

Microsoft Secure Score Hits General Availability

Microsoft on Monday announced the general availability of the Microsoft Secure Score service within the Microsoft 365 Security Center portal.